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Puku Ridge Tented Camp

Puku Ridge Tented Camp

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Puku Ridge Camp lies nestled on a hillside in a remote game rich area of South Luangwa National Park. This traditional tented camp has a very intimate atmosphere and combines an authentic safari experience under canvas with panoramic views over the abundant floodplain below. Each of the seven oversized tents has picture windows out onto the floodplain, a private decked balcony and a secluded outdoor shower in addition to the en-suite bathroom.

Puku Ridge Tented Camp is situated in a remote part of South Luangwa National Park. Named after the elusive Puku antelope that inhabits the Kakumbi Dambo floodplain which the camp overlooks, Puku Ridge Camp is built on a hillside, providing stunning vistas of the floodplain and the wildlife that frequents it.

Rooms & Suites:

This Luangwa Tented Camp is small and intimate and has been constructed to blend into the local surroundings. The camp offers seven luxury oversized tents with a wrap around view of the floodplains. Each of the comfortably furnished tents boasts en-suite facilities which provide the option of taking a shower with the sun on your shoulders.

All tents feature mosquito nets, private deck, ceiling fan and hairdryer.

Food & Wine:

The central dining area produces gourmet meals, despite being so far away from a city, let alone a road.


Walking safaris; Walking is the best way to see the bush around Puku Ridge Camp. The experienced guides love showing guests the indicators of the wild, 'rewinding' the action of the last few hours from just a few small give away signs. See where an elephant stopped to browse, where a leopard scratched a tree or a pangolin rolled into a ball. Accompanied by an armed game scout and taking careful note of the wind to mask any scent. There's nothing like seeing lion tracks or the giant footprint of an elephant to make guests relish the comforts of camp. The area is home to 60 mammals and over 400 bird species, making it one of the top birding destinations in the world.

Game drives; Lions and leopards are often seen in the area around the camp, as are buffalo and elephant. For big game like this, guests really need a vehicle to get up close and here in the South Luangwa, travellers have the privilege of going on game drives at night. Guests are always amazed how much can be seen when they go down to the river for sundowner cocktails before leisurely driving back to camp. Bush babies in the trees stand out with their enormous eyes, puku and impala scarcely notice as vehicles pass by. Guests often see hyena and leopard in the early evenings and are able to get very close in Sanctuary Retreats' specially designed 4 x 4 vehicles. On the open plains below the camp there are always grazing herds of antelope and of course they attract the predators that every guest wants to see.

  • Camp Information

  • - Lodge type; Premier Tented Camp
  • - Location; South Luangwa
  • - Lodge size; 7 luxury tents
  • - Recommended stay; 3-7 nights
  • Camp Highlights

  • - Walking safaris
  • - Birding
  • - Photography
  • - Game viewing
  • - Morning and afternoon game drives
  • - Short night drives

  • Rates from: US$ 375.00
  • Per person per night sharing
  • Rates are in US Dollars
  • *Rates may vary according to season
  • Flights (return);
  • UK - ZAM; from £ 724
  • USA - ZAM; from $ 1567
  • EUR - ZAM; from € 871
  • Subject to availability & T&C's

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  • Luangwa Information;

  • Experts have dubbed South and North Luangwa as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of game around the Luangwa river and it's ox bow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa.
  • - 9050 square kilometres
  • - Main safari season April to October
  • - 60 different animal species
  • - 400 different bird species
  • - At least 50 hippos per kilometre of the Luangwa River
  • - Thornicroft's Giraffe
  • - 14 different antelope species
  • - 47 migrating bird species from Europe and Russia
  • - Lions
  • - Leopards
  • - Buffalo